My antique and vintage clock wish list

Putting together a list of all the clocks I desire really appeals to me. The more I research the antique and vintage clock world the more discerning I have become as a collector.

Most clock collectors evolve as their tastes change and after collecting for more than 10 years I have changed my thinking on clocks I collect. I have also been focusing my collection on specific styles (wall clocks are preferred over mantel clocks) and makes of clocks (Arthur Pequegnat, for example).

A good portion of my wall and mantel clocks were acquired years ago when I was less discriminating as a collector (and some need to go) but in the past couple of years, I have been focusing on exceptional clocks that have historic significance and generally those made before 1900 in an age where better quality clocks were manufactured.

This is my current list including those clocks (indicated) I have acquired:

  • Arthur Pequegnat Regulator #1 wall clock 
  • Arthur Pequegnat Moncton, time-only, double spring 15-day movement ACQUIRED – summer 2018
  • Seth Thomas regulator #2 ACQUIRED – summer 2018
  • English 8-day Fusee gallery clock
  • Ithaca, double dial calendar clock
  • Antique tall case clock, McLachlan clock – ACQUIRED – winter 2020
  • Banjo timepiece, weight driven
  • English lantern clock
  • Jeweller’s regulator with pinwheel escapement
  • Martin Cheney wall or tall case clock
  • English bracket clock
  • American crystal regulatorACQUIRED – summer 2018
  • Vedette wall clock – ACQUIRED June 2019
  • Vienna Regulator (mini) wall clock – one weight ACQUIRED – Fall 2016

The latest is a tall case clock from Newton Stewart, Scotland, circa 1850. My son-in-law has a Scottish tall case clock that is even older than this one. It was brought over by his family in the early 1800s. I have always admired that clock and wished that one day I could add a similar one to my collection. Luckily I was able to pick one up at auction in February of 2020.

Photo of McLachlan clock at an auction house

And, the search goes on for others on my list.


7 thoughts on “My antique and vintage clock wish list

  1. The McLachlan is beautiful. Clocks, a wonderful thing to collect.
    Ron, have you ever thought of recording their different sounds, to archive in a collection? Is this something other clock collectors do? Just a thought… xo

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      1. Sorry for the somewhat late reply,.. I must have a listen to your clock videos. This is something I love to hear, the antique clocks ticking and chiming. Something that is missing with today’s ‘technology’.

        Back in the ’70s when I was a little girl my dad bought a grandfather clock, it’s a replica. I used to fall asleep in the top bunk bed – younger sister already asleep! – listening to the tick and beautiful chimes of that clock. It’s still going now.

        When my dad passed on we couldn’t work out how to get it ticking again, with the pendulum. A clock ‘person’ came out and showed us how to wind the clock every week.

        Wishing you and yours all the best Faith xo

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        1. What a nice story. These old clocks are worth preserving. It is also amazing that a clock bought for $5 one hundred years ago has lasted all this time yet most everything we buy today is thrown away once it wears out.

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          1. Yes it is amazing about that, things were built to last then. Ron, your clock sounded a good deal! I’ve bought some inexpensive pieces of art deco furniture – I appreciate their workmanship and beauty.

            The practice of built-in obsolescence is a crime. Maybe something governments should be seriously discussing despite – and amidst – their ‘green environment ‘ noise!

            I’ve a 2nd cheap clock, 1940s mantelpiece, English with a chime that no longer works. I wrapped it up and put it in storage. I believe I showed you the other clock, ceramic, daily wind, handpainted flowers?

            All the best 😀 🕰

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